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June 13, 2014  RSS feed

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SUMNER BLADD, 86, of Largo, died May 27. He was born in Boston and was a retired pharmacist. Survivors include his daughter, Nancy Bladd Montalto, of Framingham, MA. The family suggests memorials to the Jimmy Fund at, which supports cancer research and care. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Clearwater Chapel)

BETTY CLOWSON, 93, died May 28. She was a longtime resident of Bexley, OH, and had been a real estate agent associated with Knolls Realty and Re/ Max East Realtors. She was also a past president of B’nai Brith. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Ronald and Marilyn Clowson; daughters and sons-in-law, Wendy and Jerry Feinstein, Tammy and Herbert Breymaier; daughter-in-law, Rita Gottesman; seven grandchildren and three greatgrandchildren. The family suggests memorials to the Bexley High School Ricky Clowson and Kneeland Costello Memorial Fund. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel)

JEROME B. “JERRY” COHEN, 81, of Palm Harbor, died May 27. He was born in Newark, NJ, and after graduating from Central High School in Newark he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He obtained the rank of Electrician’s Mate Second Class with duty aboard the USS Blackwood D.E. 219. He was honorably discharged in 1955. He worked as journeyman electrician for various electrical contractors and was a member of IBEW, and an electrician for 22 years at Rutgers University. After retirement he and his wife moved to Florida. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Lillian; son and daughter-in-law, Steven and Susan Cohen, of Lynn Haven; daughters and sons-in-law; Sandra Cohen, of Mt. Laurel, NJ, and Laura and Jim Holmes, of Exeter, NH; sister; Grace Frier; five grandchildren and three greatgrandchildren. The family suggests memorials to the Wounded Warrior Project. (Miguel Fuentes Memorial Chapel)

JACK B. EIDELMAN, 98, of St. Petersburg, died June 5. Born in Youngstown, OH, he moved to St. Petersburg in 1982. He was the retired owner of Consolidated Insurance in Youngstown and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a choir director at Anshe Emeth Synagogue in Youngstown and also sang in choirs into his 90s at Temple Beth El and Congregation B’nai Israel. Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Mussie; two sons, Michael and Sylvan; daughter, Diane; five grandchildren. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel)

CHALENE AUDREY FREUDENBERG FEILD, 91, of Seminole, died May 30. Born in St. Petersburg, she grew up in Old Northeast St. Petersburg, graduated from St. Petersburg High School and studied art at St. Petersburg Junior College. She worked with the Veteran’s Administration at Bay Pines prior to accepting a transfer to Washington, D.C. She and her late husband Sam lived in Falls Church, VA, and Annandale, VA, for almost 40 years, where she owned Merle Norman Cosmetic Studios in Annandale, Fairfax, Springfield and Tyson’s Corner. In the early 1970s three additional studios were opened at Tyrone Square, Clearwater and Seminole Malls. After retiring and selling the businesses, she became a volunteer with the non-profit agency her daughter directed, along with volunteering for Friends of the Seminole Library, and teaching adult literacy. A member of Temple B’nai Israel in Clearwater, she became a Bat Mitzvah at the age of 70. She was also an active member of the Sisterhood, serving a term as president. Survivors include two daughters and son-in-law; Jacki Lynn Feild, and Charon Ann Feild Aurand and Kim Aurand; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to the Temple B’nai Israel Sisterhood or Friends of the Seminole Library. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Clearwater Chapel)

DONNA RABINOVITCH MILCICH, 91, of St. Petersburg, died June. 1. She was born in Russia and worked for many years as a bookkeeper in the financial industry. Survivors include her husband, Andy “Hank” Milcich; daughter, Minnette Howard. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel)

DR. JAMES A. RAKES, O.D., F.A.A.O., 67, of New Port Richey, died May 28. He was born in Scottsbluff, NE, and was a graduate of Indiana University, where he completed optometry school and continued his residency at the University of Kentucky. He recently retired after 40 years from the VA Hospital as the chief optometrist of the VA Eye Clinic in New Port Richey, where he was a primary low vision care provider and optometric physician, and was the director of residency and extern programs. He was a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and was on the Indiana University adjunct faculty. Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Susie; daughter and son-in-law, Marni and Karel Sumbal; son and daughter-in-law, Aaron and Dana Rakes; his mother, Kitty Mellion. The family suggests memorials to the Borish Center for Opthalmic Research or the Cancer Survivors Park in Greenville, SC. (Segal Funeral Home, Beth David Chapel)

STEVEN H. ROSENFELD, 46, formerly of Clearwater, died in Changhua, Taiwan. He was a graduate of Pinellas Park High School and the University of Florida. Survivors include his children, Michael and Michelle, of Charlotte, NC; parents, Anita and Carl Rosenfeld, Clearwater; and sister, Elaine, Prince Edward Island, Canada.

DR. STEVEN PATLIN SCHWARTZ, 74, of Tarpon Springs, died May 28. He was born in Grand Junction, CO, and grew up in Hurleyville, NY. Board certified in internal medicine and nephrology, he was a graduate of the University of Torino in Torino, Italy, completed his residency at Methodist Hospital in New York, and Nephrology Fellowship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, New York. His medical office was located in Dunedin. Survivors include his wife, Rebecca; children; Kelly May, Casey Schwartz, Eric and Angelina Reynolds, Benjamin and Dana Nichols, Carter Schwartz; brothers and sistersin law, Mike and Luzmila Schwartz, Jim and Sure Schwartz and Dennis and Sheryl Schwartz; three grandchildren. (National Cremation Society)

GENE M. SLOTT, 87, of Lutz, previously of St. Petersburg, died June 4. He was born in Chicago, and was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. It was while he was stationed on Guam that he became a disc jockey for the island radio station and developed an interest in show business. Moving to St. Petersburg he spent many years with the St. Petersburg Little Theater and Music Box Theater. He also owned the Pelican Playhouse. He and his family lived in Los Angeles for eight years, where he was the executive producer of five motion pictures, a member of the Friar’s Club and served on its Board of directors. He moved back to St. Petersburg 30 years ago and was active in the insurance and annuity business. Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Yetta; children and their spouses; Casey Slott Berman and husband David; Rebecca Segal; David Segal and wife Linda; Sharon Segal Elazar and husband Zohar, Michele Segal Golomb and husband Randy; brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Sandy Slott; seven grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association, West Bay of Tampa-Oldsmar or Suncoast Hospice. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel)

LILLIAN G. TREISER, 86, of Largo, died June 3. She was born in Brooklyn, NY, and moved to Florida from New Jersey to be closer to her family. Survivors include her children; Richard and Sara Treiser, Anita and David Bernstein, Curtis and Donna Treiser; brother, Jerry Goodman; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The family suggests memorials may be made to Suncoast Hospice, Moffitt Cancer Center or Temple B’nai Israel in Clearwater.

ELAINE ROSS WAX, 92, of St. Petersburg, died June 7. She was born in Akron, OH, moving in 1930 with her family to Ann Arbor, MI, where she graduated from high school and entered the University of Michigan. She and her late husband Kenneth Wax moved to St. Petersburg in 1954. She was a Realtor and a long-time member of Congregation B’nai Israel, where she wrote and produced several plays, and later was a member of Temple Beth-El, where she worked on the annual art show along with many other projects. She was an active volunteer at Menorah Manor and a docent at the Florida Holocaust Museum. Survivors include her son, Barry Wax; daughters and sons-in law, Cheri and Mike Madsen, and Wendy Wax Adler and John Adler; two sisters and brother-in-law, Lois and Lenny Sidenberg, and Hermina Spero; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to Suncoast Hospice or Menorah Manor Foundation. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel)

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